Great value in Southern France

La Vieille Ferme, Luberon 2012
La Vieille Ferme, Luberon 2012
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The South of France offers some great value grapes, certainly compared to some other regions of France.

Here are two Southern French whites and a red that have regularly appeared in my tasting notes over the years.

Laurent Miquel ‘Vendages Nocturnes’ Viognier 2012, Pay d’Oc (Waitrose £6.74) is a lovely example of the distinctive Viognier grape, very fresh with apricot blossom and a hint of spice on the nose.

The palate is well balanced with some bright acidity – a perfect summer aperitif.

Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux 2011 (Waitrose £5.99) is made by the Perrin family, one of the respected wine families in the Rhone Valley. It’s a blend ofGrenache and Syrah.

It is a surprisingly well-structured wine with spicy red fruits.

La Vieille Ferme, Luberon 2012

Made from a blend of several southern French white grapes, including Grenache Blanc, this is grown in the Luberon area of the Southern Rhone. This is fresh, dry white with stone fruits, melon and herbs and a soft gentle finish. This is the sort of wine to sip with a summer salad in the garden. Excellent value.

Waitrose £5.99 on offer from £7.99 until August 13.